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Issue 46: Pandemic (Im)Possibilities vol. 2
This issue of The European Sociologist is going online at a moment in time which marks the anniversary of the Covid-19 pandemic. About a year ago, little did we know how lasting this crisis would be, how much it would affect all our lives and how much it would spread to other areas, such as the economy and the working world, culture and education, law and politics. The state of emergency is no longer a state of exception – it is now the ‘new normality’.
The authors included in this issue also could not have expected that many of the issues raised in their contributions would still persist a year later. We had launched the Call for Articles “Pandemic (Im)Possibilities” in March 2020, bringing in over 200 submissions, and we published over 40 of them in the first volume of “Pandemic (Im)Possibilities” – The European Sociologist issue 45 – in June 2020. In this second volume you can read and enjoy over 40 contributions clustered around the themes: Covid Politics; Covid Inequalities; Beliefs and Knowledges; Covid Life-courses; Life, Health, Death; Reflections; Mediating Covid; Covid Working; and Covid and the Arts.
We would like to thank all those who submitted for their interest in the Call and their readiness to engage with it, by contributing pieces in a time where the pressure on scientists to publish as much as possible is often taking the fun out of writing. When The European Sociologist website was launched in 2018, one of the underlying principles was to allow for and generate ideas and thoughts which would be interesting and thoughtful, but which did not have to be fully worked out in the way of research proposals or articles in scientific journals. The pandemic has shown that we need to train ourselves more in improvising and in accepting that studies and results can only ever be works in progress and preliminary in nature.
This issue would not have been possible without the diligent work of Myriam Meliani, who managed a large part of the communication with the authors and made sure that all pieces are presented in a polished form. We would like to take the opportunity to thank her for her commitment to The European Sociologist issue 46, and also to thank the members of the ESA Communications committee who acted as an editorial board and who peer-reviewed all contributions submitted to the original Call.
This is the last issue worked out under our responsibility, and we depart wishing the best to The European Sociologist and its future editorial team. We both very much hope that The European Sociologist will continue to thrive as a platform for ESA members and sociologists worldwide.
Take care and keep going!
Dr. Dagmar Danko, Editor 2018-2021
Prof. David Inglis, Co-editor and Chair of the ESA Communications committee 2019-2021